How Do You Charge For Repair Work?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by neblawncare23, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
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    I charge so much per hour per man, plus charge retail price for all parts that I use to fix system. Is this the most common way? Just curious how everyone else does it. Because I got a guy that wants me to replace all of his heads, which is 85, plus replace his clock. So should I charge markup on heads, which is retail price, plus my hourly rate? Please Help!
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why not? payup
     
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm confused are you running a business or non-profit? Maybe a little cut in the rate for a larger project but you have to make money.
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  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Service call fee, hourly rate, and as much mark up as the client will tolerate. When doing large quantities like you mentioned, you can afford to bring the mark up rate down.
     
  5. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Sounds about right unless you have so many guys standing around like city workers. One working, 3 watching. lol
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    IMO, material markups cover the cost of managing & stocking inventory along with any potential warranty work. I also believe if you pay retail ... then charge retail.
     
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you can't make 45% mark-up on parts and still not be above list, something is wrong. :dizzy:
     
  8. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
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    I get my parts at contractor price, which is for example $6 for a Rainbird
    5000. And I sell them for $18 a head, plus my hourly rate. What do you guys charge per per rotor head, spray head, and ect?
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Very correct, also we shouldn't be paying retail unless its closer to get an oddball item at a local hardware store rather driving to a supply house, then just eat that little profit. I still am amazed how guys want to get into a business and then try to figure out how to make money doing it. Should be the other way around.
     
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    As far as the trades go, i have never heard of one professional asking another about pricing. A true professional either has the moxie or needs to pass til he acquires the moxie.

    I am not pointing fingers at the OP so don't get sore-backed, I have seen this on the forum before but chose to throw my hat in the fire today.
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